Monday, May 21, 2012

PAST: FILM: BloomBars and TransAfrica Commemorate African Liberation Day - May 25 - with a Screening of "The Prodigal Son" as part of the BloomScreen Tuesday Night Series this TUES, May 21st from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Film followed by discussion, All ages, by donation

BloomBars & TransAfrica Commemorate African Liberation Day - May 25 - with a screening of The Prodigal Son
Tuesday, May 21st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Film followed by discussion and Q&A
Free popcorn and refreshments provided 

The Prodigal Son (2008, 64 min), by Kurt Orderson – retraces the lost history of the Orderson family, and the West Indian community who left the Caribbean in the late 1800’s as emancipated enslaved Africans, to settle in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa.

"South African filmmaker Kurt Orderson retraces the lost history of his great-grandfather, Joseph Orderson. He soon discovers that his great-grandfather did not come directly from West Africa as the family commonly believed, but rather from Barbados, as a descendent of emancipated enslaved Africans who had been brought to the island to work on the sugar cane plantations. He also unearths his ancestor’s activist past: Joseph Orderson was part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by the great Marcus Garvey – father of contemporary Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism."

The film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Kurt Orderson from South Africa, via Skype, and moderated by Mwiza Munthali, the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica. This film presentation was made possible thanks to BloomScreen's collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization.

Your donation will benefit both TransAfrica and BloomBars. Your support of TransAfrica will help give voice to millions of people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Your gifts to BloomBars support our work in the community. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.

This screening takes place as part of the BloomScreen Indie Film Series which screens independent and foreign films every Tuesday night at BloomBars. Screenings are followed by a Q&A and discussion with filmmakers and other experts. Join their group on - The DC Bloomscreen Film Club - Film + Discussion / Every Week! if you want to stay in the loop with more advance noticed. By the way, BloomBars is always looking for volunteers to help out with this event and other events so if you have free time to help out, please contact Jonathan Branch at

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